Herschel was born in Cleveland, Ohio where he attended the Cleveland Public School system, graduating from East Tech High School and Tri-C Community College. He entered into the US army in 1966 serving two years and was discharged with the rank of Sergeant E-5. Herschel was employed for 26 years with the Pepsi-Cola company and held positions as a route driver, sales manager, and key account manager. He is a Funeral Service Associate with the Calhoun Funeral family.
Herschel, whose wife is deceased, was married in 1973 and was blessed with two sons. He enjoys being with family and friends, traveling, golfing, and eating good food.